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25 Phenomenal Looks From SF Ballet Gala 2014 | SFLUXE 22
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25 Phenomenal Looks From SF Ballet Gala 2014

“Phenomenal” was theme for the 2014 San Francisco Ballet’s Opening Night Gala, but also describes the looks put together by gala guests.

With gala chair Tanya Powell starting the evening in an elegant Vera Wang ball gown and ending in a short runway-worthy Dolce & Gabbana, there was a full gamut of looks.

One saw understated elegance with Yurie Pascarella in Andrew Gn and Mary Beth Shimmon in Chanel; a full flowering of colors, shapes and textures from Deepa Pakianathan, Paula Carano, Sonya Molodetskaya, Elizabeth Fullerton and Komal Shah; and striking black dresses on Karen Caldwell, Azadeh Riaz, Stephanie Southerland, Stephanie Ejabat, and SF Ballet’s Principal Dancer Mathilde Froustey.

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The Fanfare Luncheon | SFLUXE 2
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The Fanfare Luncheon

The San Francisco Conservatory of Music recently celebrated the 11th annual Fanfare Luncheon. The event is held to thank members of the Conservatory Society for donations to its collegiate and pre-collegiate programs.
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Most Beautiful Ball Gowns at the 91st Opera Ball | SFLUXE
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Most Beautiful Ball Gowns at the 91st Opera Ball

We admit it – we’re hopelessly in love with ball gowns! With layers of weightless tulle and pounds of heavy beads, corsetry to tighten and ruffles to widen, taffeta to stiffen and chiffon to make it flow, a beautifully constructed ball gown is a work of art that can defy physics, bank accounts and common sense. But what art!

Here is our selection of the best ball gowns at San Francisco’s 91st Opera Ball, September 2013. Among the looks our favorite is worn by Deepa Pakianathan, who had a stroke of genius in combining an exquisitely embroidered Andrew Gn gown from his resort 2014 collection with a museum-worthy Alexander McQueen headdress. We’re told that Deepa was the first person in the world to wear the McQueen piece since it was last seen on the Fall 2013 runway.

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